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Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Over 95,000 pounds of litter collected in Marion County during January

Over 95,000 pounds of litter were collected across Marion County during the month of January.

The monthly Solid Waste Operations report will be presented to the Marion County Board of County Commissioners during its meeting on Tuesday, March 1.

The report shows that during the month, over 34,000 pounds of litter were collected by community service workers. Nearly 49,000 pounds were collected by county staff, contract employees, and mow/litter specialists. Inmates collected just under 12,500 pounds of litter during the month.

The report shows that code enforcement officers conducted 70 investigations during the month. Officers issued four civil fines, each for $68, for illegal dumping of waste weighing less than 15 pounds.

Code officers routinely provide spot checks at all recycling centers across the county to verify users are not commercial businesses, are not living outside of Marion County, and are not disposing of inappropriate types of refuse.

According to the report, recycling centers across Marion County recycled just under 592,000 pounds of furniture, and over 176,000 pounds of electronic waste and tires.

The Marion County Litter Task force was officially established in September of 2021 and is tasked with developing a solution to combat the county’s litter woes.

For more information or updates, visit the Marion County Litter Task Force website. To share your opinions about litter in the county, visit the Marion County Litter Task Force litter survey webpage.